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Turns Out, Meal Kits Might Not Suck for the Planet

For the past few years, I’ve watched the rising popularity of meal kits from companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh with deepening skepticism. Stuffed with refrigerator packs and individually wrapped ingredients, festooned with farm-to-table marketing and recycling symbols, these conveniently packaged dinners seemed…Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Agriculture, Blue Apron, Consumerism, Meal Kits


TerraClear Raises $4.7M for Machine Designed to Pick Rocks from Soil

TerraClear, a Bellevue, WA-based startup launched two years ago with the vision of using software and high-tech machinery to automatically remove rocks from soil farmers plan to grow crops in, has raised nearly $4.7 million to support commercialization efforts, according to a regulatory filing.Three investors participated in the equity funding round, the filing shows. TerraClear previously raised more than $5.5 million from investors in a financing disclosed to regulators last July.Multiple mem...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Vc, Farming, Agriculture, Gps, Seattle, Roomba, National blog main, Seattle blog main, Seattle top stories, Bellevue WA, Smartsheet, AgtechFood, Airobotics


Walmart and Amazon will now compete on a new battleground as low-income shoppers get access to spend food stamps online

Amazon and Walmart are now accepting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits for groceries that are purchased online. Amazon also says it's waiving Prime membership fees for families that qualify for SNAP benefits. It's estimated that roughly 18% of all SNAP benefits, or roughly $13 billion annually, are spent at Walmart. Amazon and Walmart are now accepting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits for groceries that are purchased online as part of a pilot program in ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Washington, Trends, Usda, Walmart, Aldi, Agriculture, Kroger, McDonald, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Amazon Walmart, Walmart Amazon, Sonny Perdue, Thursday Amazon, US Department of Agriculture ShopRite


No more neglect: Mongolia says rangelands are a global priority

When most people think of conservation, they often picture the large, hallmark mammals (think pandas) or key ecosystems like coral reefs and rainforests. Few people think about or even understand rangelands as a priority for land restoration, even though rangelands cover more than 50 percent of all land on earth. In March, Mongolian community-conservation leaders persuaded the United Nations to acknowledge the importance of rangelands and commit to global action to fill glaring gaps in data. As...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Livestock, Conservation, Agriculture, Mongolia, Land Restoration, Rangelands, Grazing


Agriculture secretary: Closing US-Mexico border would have been 'detrimental' to US commerce

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Thursday he is concerned about the idea that the Trump administration would close the US-Mexico border -- a threat President Donald Trump floated and then later backed off on -- which Perdue warned would have been "detrimental" to trade.
Tags: US, Cnn, Agriculture, Donald Trump, Perdue, Trump, Sonny Perdue


Agriculture secretary sees progress with China on ethanol tariffs

In Washington, Reuters reports that the agriculture secretary says tariff negotiations with China over ethanol trade are going well but still no indications of a deal will finally be reached or at what level the Chinese could cut the import tariffs too. He also told reporters that he had spoken with the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency about ensuring that the process to approve hardship waivers for small oil refiners was more tightly controlled.
Tags: Washington, China, Policy, Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Ethanol, Reuters


India offers the U.S. a resolution to trade issues

In India, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the commerce ministry made an offer to the U.S. to resolve trade issues between the two countries, including various agricultural and IT trade sectors. The trade balance is in favor with India currently with India’s exports to the U.S. in 2017-18 at USD 47.9 billion, while imports were USD 26.7 billion. The trade requests from the U.S. involve more than one ministry such as IT and agriculture and the commerce ministry met with several of those dep...
Tags: India, US, Policy, Agriculture, GSP, India Union, Suresh Prabhu, DevDiscourse Details


US- Mexico border closing would shut carmakers and cripple farm goods

Analysts said a border closing would rapidly reverberate through a U.S. economy in which supply chains are closely integrated with Mexico, especially hitting the auto industry and farmers.
Tags: Business, News, Mexico, US, Agriculture


Why a lab-grown BK Whopper™ is cause for excitement

Cellular agriculture, or cell-ag, is a new form of lab-grown agricultural products. Burger King is testing its first major foray into the field. A new report lists 90 reasons that cell-ag holds a lot of promise. None Burger King has just announced they're testing a new version of their Whopper that's completely free of actual beef, in 59 locations around St. Louis. Not that even Whopper devotees can tell the difference, according to reports. It's called the "Impossible Whopper." (Impossible ...
Tags: Meat, Environment, Future, Public Health, Harvard, Farming, Innovation, Agriculture, Biotech, St Louis, Burger King, Coli, Whopper, Disaster Relief, Lab-grown, Cell-ag


Why a lab-grown Burger King Whopper is cause for excitement

Burger King is testing its first major foray into the field of beefless patties.On top of plant-based meats, cellular agriculture — or "cell-ag" — can also yield animal-free patties. A new report lists 90 reasons that cell-ag holds a lot of promise. None Burger King has just announced they're testing a new version of their Whopper that's completely free of actual beef, in 59 locations around St. Louis. Not that even Whopper devotees can tell the difference, according to reports. It's called ...
Tags: Meat, Environment, Future, Public Health, Farming, Innovation, Agriculture, Biotech, Whopper, Disaster Relief, Lab-grown, Cell-ag


Why a lab-grown BK Whopper is cause for excitement

Cellular agriculture, or cell-ag, is a new form of lab-grown agricultural products. Burger King is testing its first major foray into the field. A new report lists 90 reasons that cell-ag holds a lot of promise. None Burger King has just announced they're testing a new version of their Whopper that's completely free of actual beef, in 59 locations around St. Louis. Not that even Whopper devotees can tell the difference, according to reports. It's called the "Impossible Whopper." (Impossible ...
Tags: Meat, Environment, Future, Public Health, Harvard, Farming, Innovation, Agriculture, Biotech, St Louis, Burger King, Coli, Whopper, Disaster Relief, Lab-grown, Cell-ag


U.S. states sue to undo Trump rollback of healthy school lunch rules

The states accused the U.S. Department of Agriculture of ignoring federal dietary guidelines and scientific research on children's nutrition when it eased rules championed by former first lady Michelle Obama to make school meals healthier. New York, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont and the District of Columbia said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner, and asked a Manhattan federal judge to void the new sodium and whole grain stand...
Tags: Science, Agriculture, Michelle Obama, Manhattan, District Of Columbia, Trump, U S Department of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue


Nigerians are Ordering Pizza and Having it Delivered on British Airways

Testifying before a Nigerian Senate committee last week the country’s Minister of Agriculture called out wealthy Nigerians whom he says are ordering pizza from London. The daily British Airways Boeing 747 from London Heathrow to Lagos, Nigeria departs London at 11:20 a.m. and arrives at 5:55 p.m. — just in time for dinner. Continue reading Nigerians are Ordering Pizza and Having it Delivered on British Airways...
Tags: Travel, London, Advice, Senate, Agriculture, British Airways, London Heathrow, Lagos Nigeria, British Airways Boeing


FarmWise and Roush Partner to Develop Robots that Weed Farm Fields

We’ve heard a lot about autonomous cars over the past few years, but there are other applications for self-driving technology, including agriculture.Silicon Valley startup FarmWise this week announced a new partnership with Livonia, MI-based Roush, a legacy manufacturer and engineering services firm, to develop and test an autonomous machine that weeds row crops. FarmWise co-founder and chief technology officer Thomas Palomares declined to disclose the monetary value of the partnership.FarmWise...
Tags: Startups, Roundup, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Farming, Innovation, Agriculture, Silicon Valley, Autonomous Machines, Detroit, Herbicides, Self-driving, Roush, Livonia, National blog main


Self-driving apple harvesting robot suctions the fruit off trees

An autonomous tractor-style vehicle which can suction the apples right off apple trees could be the future of farming as we know it. Check it out in action on an orchard in New Zealand. The post Self-driving apple harvesting robot suctions the fruit off trees appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Agriculture, New Zealand, Robot, Emerging Tech, Autonomous Tractor


National Fertilizers Recruitment - Marketing Representative Vacancy

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Tags: Jobs, Marketing, Agriculture, Manisha, Public-Sector, Fertilisers, NFL National Fertilizers Limited NFL, Govt. Job for B.Sc, Recruitment of Marketing Representative Vacancy


Emails show FDA worry with growers after romaine outbreaks

Though the FDA has publicly called on the leafy greens industry to step up safety, the emails offer a stark view of the agency's longstanding frustrations with continued outbreaks. They also show how the agency leveraged the crisis to pressure for voluntary changes.
Tags: Health, Business, News, Nation, Agriculture, Fda


Can the world quench China’s bottomless thirst for milk?

China’s leaders have championed milk as the emblem of a modern, affluent society – but their radical plan to triple the nation’s consumption will have a huge environmental cost. By Felicity LawrenceBeijing-based film-maker Jian Yi, now 43, clearly remembers the arrival of fresh milk in his life. It was an image of it, not the real thing. “It was the 1990s, and I first saw it in an advert on TV. The ad said explicitly that drinking milk would save the nation. It would make China stronger and bett...
Tags: Food, China, Environment, Asia Pacific, Agriculture, Jian, Milk (drink, Jian Yi


Monsanto Loses Roundup Cancer Trial to the Tune of $80 Million

A federal jury in California has awarded $80 million to a man who said Monsanto herbicide Roundup was a “substantial factor” in him developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, CNN reported on Wednesday. It’s a major blow to the chemical manufacturer and its parent company, German chemical giant Bayer AG, which are facing…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Roundup, California, Cancer, Cnn, Agriculture, Lawsuits, Courts, Monsanto, Carcinogens, Herbicides, Bayer, Bayer AG, Hodgkin


Biodegradable tableware made from wheat bran debuts at Toronto's Green Living Show

This week, Toronto citizens learned that wheat bran is good for more than enhancing digestive regularity. An innovative Polish company displayed its disposable, biodegradable tableware made from unprocessed wheat bran at Toronto’s Green Living Show. While an ordinary disposable plastic plate could take 500 years to break down, Biotrem’s tableware biodegrades through composting within a single month. They’re made from compressed wheat bran, a by-product of the cereal milling process. Biotrem c...
Tags: Design, Technology, Toronto, Plastic, Agriculture, Biodegradable, Landfill, Farm, PLA, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Canada South Korea, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Eco-friendly Materials, Green Living Show


The wasabi you think you're eating isn't wasabi

Real wasabi, Wasabia japonica, is apparently one of the most expensive vegetables to grow. That green stuff you're eating? Ground horseradish, Chinese mustard, and, you guessed it, green food coloring. Yum. According to The Atlantic, "Worldwide, experts believe that this imposter combination masquerades as wasabi about 99% of the time." Above, meet Shigeo Iida, 75, whose family has grown real wasabi for eight generations. (via NextDraft) image: HK 北角 North Point 和田 Wada Japanese Restau...
Tags: Post, Video, News, B-side, Bside, Agriculture, Sushi, Foods, Spicy, Wasabi, Shigeo Iida, Wasabia japonica, Atlantic Worldwide


Eggs are again linked to heart problems — though the study has problems

A new study at Northwestern University found a link between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. The research relied on self-reporting at the beginning of observation, with no follow-up reporting. Correlation is likely, not causation, as larger studies have found the opposite to be true. None Here we go again.Few foods have taken a beating like eggs. (Sorry, it was wide open.) From the world's "perfect food" to leading one down a certain path to a heart attack, eg...
Tags: Health, Biology, Harvard, Innovation, Agriculture, Disease, Derek, Northwestern University, Lee, JAMA, CVD, Gary Taubes, Human body, Bruce Y Lee, Norrina Allen


College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Google, Meat, Food, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Comics, Science, Technology, Movies, Medicine, Labor, Climate Change, College, Disney


Why humans struggled to make 'f' and 'v' sounds until farming came along

A new study suggests that the f and v sounds were made easier to pronounce by the change in our diets the invention of farming made possible. The idea isn't a new one, but is only now being taken seriously.Even today, many hunter-gather cultures lack labiodentals in their languages. The Neolithic Revolution fundamentally changed how humanity went about the business of surviving. With the rise of farming, humans no longer had to travel into inclement climates following the migration of animals, ...
Tags: Language, Innovation, Anthropology, Agriculture, University of Bristol, Physiology, University of Zurich, Ancient World, Sean Roberts, Human body, Steven Moran, Hockett, Charles Hockett, Balthasar Bickel Steven Moran Damián Blasi


AgroStar gets $27M Series C to give more Indian farmers increased crop production with data analytics

Indian agriculture tech startup AgroStar announced today that it has raised a $27 million Series C for its platform, which helps farmers increase crop production, manage orders and buy supplies online. The round was led by Bertelsmann India Investments, with participation from returning investors Accel, Chiratae Ventures and Aavishkaar Bharat Fund. AgroStar bills its app as a “one-stop solution” that contains everything India’s 135 million farmers need, including agronomy tools, such as a crop d...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, China, India, Tech, Crops, Farming, Data Science, Agriculture, Bertelsmann India Investments, AgroStar, Shardul Sheth, Pankaj Makkar, Accel Chiratae Ventures


AgroStar gets $27M Series C to give more Indian farmers increase crop production with data analytics

Indian agriculture tech startup AgroStar announced today that it has raised a $27 million Series C for its platform, which helps farmers increase crop production, manage orders and buy supplies online. The round was led by Bertelsmann India Investments, with participation from returning investors Accel, Chiratae Ventures and Aavishkaar Bharat Fund. AgroStar bills its app as a “one-stop solution” that contains everything India’s 135 million farmers need, including agronomy tools, such as a crop d...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, China, India, Tech, Crops, Farming, Data Science, Agriculture, Bertelsmann India Investments, AgroStar, Shardul Sheth, Pankaj Makkar, Accel Chiratae Ventures


Emotional, financial toll mounts after blizzard kills 1,850 dairy cows in Yakima Valley

Farmers in the Yakima Valley are still assessing the damage after a snow- and windstorm a month ago left 1,850 dairy cows dead in the span of a few hours. Hundreds more cows suffered frostbite, threatening their milk production and health.
Tags: News, Agriculture, Local News, Northwest, Yakima Valley


Coalition relaxes visa rules to make it easier for farmers to hire skilled workers

Farmers say change ‘a good first step’ but separate agricultural visa still neededAustralia’s visa rules have been relaxed to make it easier for farmers to hire skilled workers.Farmers have described the changes as a good first step but warned they are unlikely to dampen calls from the sector for a separate agricultural visa because labour shortages are mainly in lower skilled harvesting roles. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Farmers, Coalition, Australian politics, Agriculture, Liberal party, National party


FDA Lifts Import Ban on Genetically Modified Salmon That Reach Market Twice as Fast

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it is lifting an import ban that prevented a brand of genetically modified salmon—dubbed “Frankenfish” by some—from reaching U.S. shopping selves, CNN reported.Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Usda, Cnn, Fish, Salmon, Genetics, Agriculture, Food And Drug Administration, Fishing, Genetically Modified Organisms, Gmos, Fda, Fisheries


5% coconut biodiesel proposal to be reviewed by government oversight panel

In the Philippines, the government’s Congressional Oversight Committee on Biofuels will conduct a hearing on the Department of Agriculture’s proposal to increase the amount of coconut in biodiesel from the current 2% to 5%. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has been pushing for a higher coconut content in biofuels in order to help improve copra prices. Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, who has reservations about the proposal, told Business World, “We will try to convene next week, before the ...
Tags: Policy, Philippines, House Of Representatives, Agriculture, Biodiesel, Department Of Energy, Biofuels, Coconut, Nbb, Department of Agriculture, Business World, Emmanuel F Piñol, National Biofuels Board NBB, Congressional Oversight Committee on Biofuels, Sherwin T Gatchalian